LIBS 345 LITERATURE AND SOCIETY
Francisco Vazquez, Ph.D Fall 1995
Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Carson Hall 59; 664-3l85
Sonoma State University Hours: M,T 3:30-4:30 and by app.
In a book, as in all things, there are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements of deterritorialization and destratification. Comparative rates of flow on these lines produce phenomena of relative slowness and viscosity, or, on the contrary, of acceleration and rupture. All these, lines and measurable speeds, constitutes an ASSEMBLAGE.
Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
This course consists of an exploration and critical analysis of literary works which differ in terms of genre, culture and time. The main objective is to learn about the power relations inherent in the truths and structure and style of literature and how these are assembled and, secondly, to map the implications of such relations for contemporary social and cross-cultural issues.
The following are examples of questions which are addressed in this course: what is literature?, what is the truth of literature?, what is a Master Narrative?, how does literature, as an art of writing relate to political and economic questions?, if art by definition attempts to give an authentic picture of reality, how authentic is its representation of the voice/experiences of the common people in literature?, what are the procedures to introduce the voice of the people into the authorized language?, what, if any, are the shifts in the position of such voice?, to what extent is the remaking of social reality dependent on the remaking of literature?
CLASS FORMAT AND INTELLECTUAL LABOR
1.This is a seminar, which means that, for every session, you must come prepared to discuss the readings. Notify me in advance if you must miss a session (acceptable only due to verified illness or family emergency).
2.Response papers due every week. Write a 1-2 page response paper typewritten, double-spaced in which you discuss your reflections on the readings.
3. Essays: based on your response papers, readings, panel discussions, everyday life, etcetera, you will produce THREE 4-5 page essays.
4.Student-led Discussions: each seminar will be led by a student who will discuss her or his responses to the material assigned on that particular day.
EVALUATION CRITERIA (The key word here is "performance" as opposed to "how much you got out of the course" or "how much you feel you have learned").
A - Reserved for truly outstanding performance in all aspects of the course, including perfect attendance.
B - Strong performance; above satisfactory.
C - Satisfactory grasp of course content and adequate performance in terms of participation in the learning process and writing.
D -Less than satisfactory.
F - Inadequate performance.
LIBS 345 READER Available at SSU¹s Bookstore
Available at Copperfield's Bookstore in Rohnert Park, 540 Raley Towne Centre, 584-4240 ask for Pat.
--Allende, Isabel. THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.
--Cisneros, Sandra. THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET.
--Galarza, Ernesto. BARRIO BOY.
--Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE.
--Illich, Ivan and Barry Sanders, ABC: THE ALPHABETIZATION OF THE POPULAR MIND
--Morrison, Tony. BELOVED.
--Paredes, Americo. WITH HIS PISTOL IN HIS HAND.
SCHEDULE OF READING ASSIGNMENTS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
I 8/29 Introductions; Film: Latin American Voices
II 9/5 The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind ;
Reader: Barthes, ³Political Modes of Writing²
III 9/12 Reader: ³The Book of Sand²; ³Rhizome²
IV 19 The Literature of Dissent and Alternatives
V 26 With his pistol...
Essay # 1 due on Friday.
VI 10/3 With his pistol...; Film: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.*
Reader: ³Changing Chicano Narratives² (corresponding to Paredes)
VII 10/10 Barrio Boy
VIII 17 Barrio Boy; Reader: Changing Chicano Narratives
(corresponding to Galarza)
IX 24 The House on Mango Street; Reader: Changing Chicano Narratives
(corresponding to Cisneros);
Essay # 2 and Midterm Evaluation Due on Friday.
X 31 One Hundred Years of Solitude
XI 11/7 One Hundred Years of Solitude. Film: Innocent Eréndira and her
XII 14 The House of the Spirits
XIII 21 The House of the Spirits; Film: Crossing Borders*
XIV 12/5 Beloved
Essay # 3 due on Friday.
XV 12/12 Note: we meet from 9-11. Evaluation of Course objectives.
*These films are recommended; we may not have time to see them in class.
SCHEDULE OF SEMINAR FACILITATOR(S)
LITERATURE AND SOCIETY
LIBS 345 - READER
--Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand
--Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Introduction to Rhizome
--Roland Barthes, Political Modes of Writing
--John Ball, Messages
--Jean Froissart, The Rebellion of 1381
--Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
--William Blake, Selections from the Marriage of Heaven and Hell
-- Mary Wollstonecraft, Of the Pernicious Effects
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton, How the Woman Suffrage Movement Began
--W.E.B. Dubois, Of the Quest of the Golden Fleece
--Christopher Caudwell, Liberty: A Study of Bourgeois Illusion
--Ho Chi Minh, Declaration of Independence of Viet-Nam
--Ernesto ChéGuevara, Camilo
--Malcom X, The Ballot or the Bullet
--R.D. Laing, Violence and Love
--Renato Rosaldo, Changing Chicano Narratives